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  • Official Court Forms
    JD-CL-12 - Appearance
    JD-FM-75 - Application for Waiver of Fees
    JD-FM-221 - Verified Petition for Visitation - Grandparents & Third Parties
    JD-FM-162 - Order to Attend Hearing and Notice to the Defendant
    JD-FM-158 - Notice of Automatic Orders
    JD-FM-164 - Affidavit Concerning Children
    JD-FM-164A - Addendum to Affidavit Concerning Children
    JD-FM-6 - Long Financial Affidavit OR
    JD-FM-6 - Short Financial Affidavit
    JD-FM-183 - Custody/Visitation Agreement
    JD-FM-185 - Motion for Intervention in Family Matters

  • Family Forms - Filing for Custody or Visitation (or both)

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OLR Research Reports - Office of Legislative Research:

Custody or Guardianship

  • Grandparents Raising Grandchildren - 2007-R-0056
    You asked us to highlight differences when grandparents raise their grandchildren as (1) Department of Children and Families (DCF)-subsidized guardians or (2) probate court-appointed guardians.
  • Grandparents' Rights - 2005-R-0832
    You asked for an explanation of Connecticut law on grandparents' custody of, and visitation with, their grandchildren.
  • Grandparents' Custody of Grandchildren - 2003-R-0596
    You asked for an explanation of (1) Connecticut law on grandparents' custody of, and visitation with, their grandchildren and (2) "de facto" custody laws in other states.

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  • Grandparents' Visitation Rights - 2023-R-0117
    Does Connecticut law give grandparents rights to visitation and contact with their grandchildren?
  • Grandparents' Visitation Rights in Connecticut and Select States - 2015-R-0082
    This report summarizes (1) Connecticut's and other New England states' laws on grandparents' visitation rights and (2) recent legislation on this issue.
  • Caselaw on Grandparents' Visitation Rights in Connecticut - 2011-R-0333
    You asked us to summarize five Supreme Court cases (four from Connecticut's court and one from the U.S. Supreme Court) involving child visitation and custody disputes between fit parents and third parties, including grandparents (Castagno v. Whoelean, Troxel v. Granville, Roth v. Weston, Fish v. Fish, and DiGiovanni v. St. George).
  • Grandparents' Visitation Rights - 2011-R-0079
    You asked for a comparison of Connecticut's law on grandparents' right to visit their grandchildren with the laws on that subject in other states.
  • Grandparent Visitation Over a Parents' Objection - 2011-R-0022
    You asked what legislation could be enacted to strengthen a grandparent's right to visit his or her grandchild over a parent's objection.
  • Grandparents Rights - 2009-R-0439
    You asked several questions regarding grandparents' rights to petition the court for visitation with their grandchildren.

Useful Websites

  • Public Act No. 12-137- An Act Concerning Visitation Rights for Grandparents and Other Persons. ( Effective October 1, 2012)

Connecticut General Statutes

  • Sec.17a-98a. Kinship Navigator program
  • Sec. 17a-10b. Commissioner to use best efforts to notify grandparent when child removed from custody of parent.
  • Sec. 46b-56. (Formerly Sec. 46-42). Superior Court orders re custody, care, therapy, counseling and drug and alcohol screening of minor children or parents in actions for dissolution of marriage, legal separation and annulment. Access to records of minor children by noncustodial parent. Parenting education program.
  • Sec. 46b-56b. Presumption re best interest of child to be in custody of parent.
  • Sec. 46b-57. (Formerly Sec. 46-47). Third party intervention re custody of minor children. Preference of child.
  • Sec. 46b-59. Petition for right of visitation with minor child. Order for payment of fees.

Connecticut Court Rules

  • Chapter 25: Superior Court - Procedure in Family Matters
    Sec.25-3 Action for Custody of Minor Child
    Sec.25-4 Action for Visitation of Minor Child
    Sec.25-5 Automatic Orders Upon Service of Complaint
    Sec.25-57 Affidavit Concerning Children
    Sec.25-59 Closed Hearings and Records
    Sec.25-62 Appointment of Guardian Ad Litem

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